Tidings from the East
There is an old Yiddish Folk Tale of an old
man who sat outside the walls of a great city.
When travelers approached, they would ask him
“What kind of people live in this city?” To which
he would answer, “What kind of people live in
the place where you came from?” If the travelers answered, “Only bad people live in the place where we are from,” the old man would reply, “Continue on; you will find only bad people here.” But if the travelers answered “Good people live in the place where we came from,” then the old man would say, “Enter, for here too, you will find
only good people.”
We all think that any good man can be a Mason, and
generally that is true. When you talk to someone about Freemasonry and all they know are negative things, you could try to convince them to join, but all they will ever find is something negative, all they are looking for are the negative things they had heard about us. If that person has only heard great things about Freemasonry, then good things are what they will find when join a lodge. These are the members we need. Spend your time with those with a positive outlook on the Fraternity, and they will be the
good Masons of our Future.
We live in a time where Millennials are looking for a cause and want to be involved in the community. Freemasonry can be that outlet. Talk to these young people about Masonry. You may be pleasantly surprised that this young group of people are
looking for exactly what we have to offer.
John J. Harrington, III P.M.